Laboring Against Working Americans: Congress Should Not Cut the Office of Labor-Management Standards
On Labor Day, Americans traditionally celebrate organized labor’s role in fighting for better working conditions, but some labor leaders misuse their positions for personal benefit. Since 2001, government investigators have charged hundreds of senior union officials with embezzling their members’ dues, and now unions are using their influence in Congress to reduce the budget of the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), the department in charge of investigating union corruption. Congress should not cut funding to the OLMS. Instead, Congress should stand up for working Americans and protect them from union leaders who treat members’ dues as their personal property.